Date: 23 January 2017
Time: 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m
Venue: Am Planetarium 7, seminar room

Agnieszka Nieradko: The Rabbinical Commission for Jewish Graves in Poland: Work, Challenges and Problems

Further information can be found in the section Seminar

NEW PUBLICATION: The Waffen-SS - A European History

(c) Oxford University Press 2016

Edited by Jochen Böhler and Robert Gerwarth

Oxford University Press, 2016
400 Pages, 20 black and white images
ISBN: 9780198790556

This is the first systematic pan-European study of the hundreds of thousands of non-Germans who fought — either voluntarily or under different kinds of pressures — for the Waffen-SS (or auxiliary police formations operating in the occupied East). Building on the findings of regional studies by other scholars — many of them included in this volume — The Waffen-SS aims to arrive at a fuller picture of those non-German citizens (from Eastern as well as Western Europe) who served under the SS flag.

Please find more information in our section Publications.

European Commission funds research network with 300.000 €

A transnational application of history? A Jean Monnet network is researching what it requires

Many societal factors determine how history unfolds and is processed. In addition to professional historians at universities, extracurricular learning centres, memorial sites, museums and non-governmental organisations also contribute to establishing historical meaning. Over the next three years the international team constituting the Jean Monnet Network for Applied Contemporary European History of the Historical Institute at Friedrich Schiller University Jena will pursue these questions through the creation and exchange of knowledge at and between universities and extracurricular institutions. Historians and practitioners of history from Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Poland and Serbia are working together and combining the approaches of historiography, political science, sociology, social and cultural anthropology as well as that of general cultural studies.

The network is one of the Jean Monnet measures funded by the European Commission. The goal of these measures is to build knowledge about the process of European integration and its prerequisites. The Jena project was granted the maximum funding of 300,000 euros. It is the first network from the field of historiography to be funded by the Jean Monnet programme.

Project implementation at the Imre Kertész Kolleg: Juliane Tomann
Project duration: 2016 to 2019

Please find more information in the section further announcements.

New Publication: Europas Osten im 20. Jahrhundert, Bd. 6

© De Gruyter/ Oldenbourg Verlag

Juliane Tomann

Geschichtskultur im Strukturwandel Öffentliche Geschichte in Katowice nach 1989
[Historical Culture in Times of Structural Change: Official Histories in Katowice post 1989]

München, De Gruyter/ Oldenbourg Verlag
published 12/2016
437 pages, 49 images (b/w), hardback
ISBN 978-3-11-046374-3
Price: 49,95 €

This dissertation has been awarded the Wissenschaftlicher Förderpreis des Botschafters der Republik Polen 2015.

The traditional industrial and mining metropolis of Katowice is being transformed into center of culture and technology. The study discusses this forward-looking transformation, examining how it was reconciled with historical tradition. What kinds of historical narrative arise in times of rapid change? How is historical meaning constructed and what are the functions of official history during times of structural change?

Please find more information in our section Monography series of the Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena. 

Reihe: POLNISCHES KINO IN JENA 16: Tiefe Wasser


R: Tomasz Wasilewski, PL 2013, 93 min, Originalfassung mit deutschen Untertiteln

Tomasz Wasilewskis visuell meisterhaftes und im polnischen Kontext erstaunlich offenherzig erzähltes Drama über die schwule Selbstfindung eines jungen Mannes erhielt auf dem Internationalen Filmfestival in Karlovy Vary 2013 den Preis der Sektion „East of the West“.
Vom Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena und dem Polnischen Institut Berlin/Filiale Leipzig initiiert, wird die Filmreihe seit 2014 vom Aleksander-Brückner-Zentrum für Polenstudien präsentiert.
Einführung: Thomas Schmidt (Institut für Slawistik und Kaukasusstudien)

Mehr Informationen finden Sie in der Sektion Sonstige Veranstaltungen.


Montag, 23. Januar 2017
Zeit: 19:30 Uhr
Kino im Schillerhof, Jena, Helmboldstraße 1
Eintritt: 8 € / erm. 7 €

New Publication: Tovární města Baťova koncernu [The Company Towns of the Baťa Concern]

(c) Praha: Academia 2016

Martin Jemelka & Ondřej Ševeček

Praha : Academia 2016

There are few topics in the Czech historiography of economic and social history which have global potential and resonance, but among them are certainly the activities of the family-owned business of entrepreneurs Tomáš and Jan Antonín Baťa.

The icons of the Baťa enterprise consisted not only of fashionable yet affordable footwear and avant-garde department stores, but also exemplary industrial communities – company towns. A book by two Czech historians is devoted to company towns of the Baťa concern, and is the result of their long-term research on the first truly global enterprise of Czechoslovak provenience. The publication comprehensively traces the economic and, in particular, the social dimension of the Baťa business during its dynamic international expansion.

Please find more information in our section Publications of Fellows.

The Kolleg is delighted to congratulate Péter Apor and James Mark on the Mark Pittaway Best Article Prize for their paper: Socialism Goes Global: Decolonization and the Making of a New Culture of Internationalism in Socialist Hungary, 1956-1989, published in the Journal of Modern History in the prior year to the award.

Our best congratulations go also to Ferenc Laczó. His article The Foundational Dilemmas of Jenő Lévai. On the Birth of Hungarian Holocaust Historiography in the 1940s published in Holocaust Studies in December 2015, received the honorable mention.

The articles are available here: 

Socialism Goes Global: Decolonization and the Making of a New Culture of Internationalism in Socialist Hungary, 1956-1989

The Foundational Dilemmas of Jenő Lévai. On the Birth of Hungarian Holocaust Historiography in the 1940s

New Website of the Cultures of History Forum

The content of the Cultures of History Forum has moved to its own website with new design and a range of new texts.